Date/Time: June 7th, 7:00 p.m. ET
Moneyline: Los Angeles -150
The Stanley Cup Finals will continue on Saturday night in NHL betting action when the New York Rangers travel to face the Los Angeles Kings on NBC at 7:00 p.m. ET on the ice inside the Staples Center. The Kings outlasted the Rangers in Game 1 to get an overtime win and take a 1-0 lead in the series.
The Rangers came out with their guns blazing in the first period to take a 2-0 lead, but they fell short in a 3-2 overtime loss in the opening game of the series. Benoit Pouliot broke loose for the first goal and then Carl Hagelin struck a minute later to shock the Los Angeles crowd. Then things went south for New York as it failed to score for the rest of the night. Rangers G Henrik Lundqvist stayed strong as he faced 43 shots and had 40 saves. He is the strongest remaining goalie by the numbers as he has a 2.07 GAA to go with a .928 save percentage. Lundqvist’s ability to stop the puck will be huge for his team as their only chance is for him to figure out a way to shut down a potent Kings’ offense. On Wednesday these two teams combined to ‘push’ the ‘total’, but New York will need the ‘under’ to ring true for it to get in the win column. The ‘under’ is 2-0-2 in the L/4 meetings, but a ‘push’ will be a risky proposition for this team that has had offensive struggles in the postseason.
The Kings came back from a two goal deficit for the second game in a row to get the win in Game 1. Justin Williams scored the game-winning goal just 4:36 into the overtime period as he came wide open right between the circles to fire the puck by Lundqvist. In the first period Jeff Carter got Los Angeles on the board to cut the New York advantage in half. Then Drew Doughty skated in completely unmolested for the goal that tied the game. Kings G Jonathan Quick rebounded from a shaky start to stop 25 of the 27 shots he saw on the night. Quick made the save of the game with 30 seconds remaining as he stopped a Rangers’ breakaway single handedly. With the game on the line Los Angeles fired off 20 shots in the third period and couldn’t convert on countless scoring chances including an open net missed by Tyler Tiffoli that would have won it in regulation. The ‘over’ is 3-0-1 in the Kings L/4 home games and they are 3-1 in those games as their offense continues to flourish.
The Kings dodged a serious bullet in the opening game of this series and now with some extra rest they should be ready to perform at their best in Game 2. We expect another very close contest on Saturday, but with no reason to not like the home team we’re rolling with Los Angeles. The home team is 5-2 in the L/7 meetings and the Kings will improve that mark with another victory at Staples Center. New York Rangers @ Los Angeles Kings Pick: Los Angeles Kings
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